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2018 Social Justice Awards Winners

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George Boateng ’16 Th’17

Boateng 18George Boateng is a Research Scientist at Dartmouth’s Computer Science department and an incoming PhD student at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Born and raised in Ghana, he graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Computer Science modified with Engineering, and an M.S. degree in Computer Engineering in 2016 and 2017 respectively. At Dartmouth, he was an E.E. Just Scholar, E.E. Just Graduate Fellow, and a member of the Casque and Gauntlet (C&G) senior society. Also, he studied abroad in Toulouse, France, participated in the Tuck Business Bridge program, and tutored for the Dartmouth Emerging Engineers program. At the end of his Dartmouth career, he was honored with the Neukom Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Computational Science, the Ernest Everett Just Award in Mathematics and the Sciences, and the Thayer School of Engineering Dean’s Service Award. Outside Dartmouth, George won the Social and Economic Justice Prize at HackNSBE and also has been congratulated by President Bill Clinton for winning the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative University “Code for Impact” Codeathon. 

George is a social entrepreneur and cofounded Nsesa Foundation, an educational nonprofit, which he leads as the president to accomplish their vision of spurring an “Innovation Revolution” in Africa. Towards that end, Nsesa runs 3 programs: Project iSWEST an annual 3-week intensive innovation bootcamp for high school students in Ghana that has impacted over 100 students over the past 5 years, STEM WOW, a weekly celebration of inspirational African women doing amazing work in STEM that has reached over 30,000 people via Facebook, and SuaCode, a smartphone-based coding course that seeks to teach millions across the African continent how to code. George’s work with Nsesa has been featured in the Dartmouth Engineer Magazine, Dartmouth News, and The Dartmouth and led him to be invited as a delegate at the Reimagine Education conference and the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting.

Ongoing Commitment

Dr. Zachary Kaufman

Dr. Zak Kaufman is Co-Founder and CEO of Vera Solutions, a social enterprise using cloud and mobile technology to help social impact organizations worldwide work more efficiently and deliver better results. Since graduating from Dartmouth in 2008, Zak has worked for 10 years at the intersection of technology and18Kaufman the social sector, overseeing program evaluations in Southern Africa and Latin America and architecting data systems for dozens of leading global health and education organizations. Since 2010, Vera has served more than 225 organizations in more than 45 countries and has grown to a team of 50 staff on four continents. Notable clients Zak has served include the Gavi Alliance, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Prior to founding Vera, Zak oversaw Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at Grassroot Soccer and co-founded the Journal of Sport for Development, the first open-access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the evidence of programs using sport to promote health, development, and peace. Zak holds a PhD and MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has been recognized as a Marshall Scholar, Truman Scholar, Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, Global Good Fund Fellow, and Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Zak lives with his wife Elise (also a Dartmouth '08) in Geneva, Switzerland.


Lifetime Achievement 

Dr. Deborah King 

Student Organization

Alpha Kappa Alpha18AKA

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded at Howard University as the first Black sorority and is dedicated to service to all mankind.  The Xi Lambda chapter was chartered at Dartmouth College in 1983 and since has upheld the national standards along with a strong commitment to women of color at Dartmouth and community service.  Xi Lambda strives to provide a space on campus that uplifts students, challenges the status quo, and sheds light on local, national, and international injustice.

Holly Fell Sateia Award

Dia Draper

Dia Draper is often described as a “warm spirit” with a gift for inspiring others to live with joy and intention. Her ability to help others laugh at life’s absurd twists causes those who cross her path to stop and take notice. Her 18drapercuriosity for the human experience has led her around the world asking her favorite question: “What’s your life about?” and helping people discover the answer.

Dia is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she developed a passion for the intersection of leadership, business and education, work that she is fortunate to pursue as an educator, coach and entrepreneur. She is a member of the senior leadership team at The Tuck School of Business with a focus on initiatives that promote a healthy community, culture and climate. She is an alumnae of NOLS, Semester at Sea, Leadershape and a two-time TEDx speaker. Dia lives with her wife, two dogs, a fish named Diego and 30 undergraduate students in Dartmouth’s Triangle House living/learning community.

Emerging Leadership

Lester B. Granger ’18 Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Pat Terenzini

Patrick T. Terenzini ‘64 is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Senior Scientist Emeritus in the Department of Education Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University. A Vermont 18Terenzininative, Terenzini has “been in one kind of school or another, in one role or another, for all but ten years of my life.” In addition to his Dartmouth degree (English), Terenzini holds an M.A.T. from Harvard, and a Ph.D. (Higher Education) from Syracuse University. He taught English at the secondary level at Newton (MA) High School, Dorchester High School (Boston), and Colorado Academy (Denver), as well as at Dean College (Franklin, MA). Terenzini began his career studying college students in Syracuse’s Division of Student Affairs and then as director of institutional research and assistant to the president for planning at SUNY-Albany. Since 1986, he has held faculty appointments in the graduate higher education programs at the University of Georgia and Penn State University, from which he retired in 2010.

Throughout his career, Terenzini’s research focused on the effects of the college experience on students’ cognitive and psychosocial development, persistence, and educational attainment. His studies consistently explored how those outcomes varied for different communities of students (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, family income, non-traditional students, and women and students of color in engineering). Several amicus briefs supporting college and university affirmative action programs in legal arguments before federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, cite his research. His interest in the postsecondary education of students of color and low-income students originated during a Tucker Foundation-funded visit to several Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the deep south during the 1963 Christmas holidays.

Terenzini has been the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on research grants totaling more than $13 million from such organizations as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Sloan Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. He is co-author (with Ernest Pascarella) of the two-volume How College Affects Students (Jossey-Bass, 1991 and 2005), an award-winning synthesis of more than thirty-five years of research on the impacts of the college experience on students. The first volume was selected as “one of the 100 most important and influential books about U.S. colleges and universities published in the 20th century.”a Terenzini has published more than 175 articles in refereed journals and made more than 250 presentations at national scholarly and professional meetings and at international conferences in more than a dozen countries on five continents. He has received the research awards of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Association for Institutional Research, the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the American Society for Engineering Education. He was the first recipient of the Sphere of Influence Award, given jointly by ACPA and NASPA, an award to be given only once each decade. He has also received the Association for Institutional Research’s Stecklein Distinguished Member Award and the Howard R. Bowen Career Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher. He is a former editor-in-chief of New Directions for Institutional Research, associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and an editorial board member for The Review of Higher Education. He has been a consulting editor for Research in Higher Education for nearly 40 years. Terenzini is a trustee emeritus of Dean College (MA) and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards

Dartmouth’s Social Justice Awards, co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, William Jewett Tucker Center, Dartmouth Center for Service, and Geisel School of Medicine, were established to recognize members of the Dartmouth community including alumni/ae, current and former faculty, staff, student groups and others with ties to the college, who have contributed significantly to peace, civil rights, education, public health, environmental justice, or social justice.
The awards honor members of the Dartmouth community who have demonstrated their compassion, perseverance, courage, and leadership by engaging in the difficult work of fostering human dignity and our common humanity through their projects, programs, and visions.
The Awards are givenin four categories:  Emerging Leadership, Ongoing Commitment, Lifetime Achievement and Student Organization.

The Lester B. Granger ’18 Award for Lifetime Achievement

Presented by the Dartmouth Center for Service

The William Jewett Tucker Foundation established the Lester B. Granger ’18 Award in the spring of 2002. Lester Granger was one of four brothers who attended Dartmouth College. His distinguished career included working as a teacher, coach, social worker, and youth counselor; he was best known for serving as the executive director of the Urban League for 20 years. A veteran of World War I, Granger was asked by President Roosevelt to be the special advisor to the Secretary of the Navy on Negro personnel, and was nationally known for his leadership in eliminating racism and his attention to issues of poverty. Among other honors, Granger received the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and was awarded the President’s Medal for Merit by President Truman. In 1951 he became the first African American to be nominated as president of the National Conference of Social Work, and in 1961 he was elected in Rome as the President of the International Conference of Social Work. In retirement, Granger taught at the college level and served as a trustee for several colleges and non-profit organizations. He remained an enthusiastic member of his Dartmouth class and actively participated in alumni activities. He received an honorary degree from Dartmouth in 1946.

The Granger Award is presented annually to a Dartmouth College graduate or graduates whose lifelong commitment to public service has been exemplary. Granger Award recipients have exhibited leadership and innovation in meeting community needs and benefiting an underserved population

The Holly Fell Sateia Award

The Holly Fell Sateia Award was established by President Jim Yong Kim and Provost Carol Folt in 2011 to honor the legacy of Holly Fell Sateia MALS’82, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, Emerita, and to recognize diversity as a vibrant part of Dartmouth’s mission. This award recognizes a faculty or staff member at Dartmouth who is an enthusiastic and effective leader in advancing diversity and community.

 All faculty and staff at Dartmouth are eligible for this award. Nominees should demonstrate an enduring interest in and ability to build and enhance diversity, through sustained effort and work, enriching the lives of surrounding community members. This enrichment helps foster a safe environment in which a community can learn, collaborate, and innovate.

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Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity, Dartmouth Center for Service and Geisel School of Medicine.

Last Updated: 12/21/17